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Delivering Quality Environments

Booking reference: 165 6604 17 3005

Wednesday, 15 May 2013 at 9:29AM - 4:00PM
Watson Burton, 1 St James Gate, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE99 1YQ, UK
From £90.00 + VAT
RTPI North East

High quality design and the conservation of heritage assets are Core Planning Principles, identified in the National Planning Policy Framework as underpinning both plan making and decision taking.  

Recognising the value of design and heritage in sustainable development is nothing new, but in a changing context such as the government's drive to achieve economic growth, the localism agenda and changing development economics, how can these principles be upheld by the planning system?

This event will help planners, urban designers, historic environment and other development professionals to think creatively about how to achieve high quality design and how to ensure the conservation and enjoyment of the historic environment. It will recap on the key principles and value of design and conservation, consider new policy approaches, explain the new design review services and identify practical recent case studies and best practice. 


9.30      Registration & Refreshments 


10:00    Welcome & Opening by the Chair

             Tony Wyatt, Plus Urban Design Ltd


10.05    Reiterating the role of Design and

             Conservation following the NPPF   

             Colin Haylock, Haylock Planning and Design


10.45    Delivering Quality Environments

            Peter Nears Peel Holdings (Management) 

            Ltd /Tony Wyatt, Plus Urban Design Ltd.


11.25    An Interactive exercise


11:35     Refreshments


11.50     Quick recap on interactive exercise

              Tony Wyatt, Plus Urban Design Ltd


11:55     Compliance with NPPF – A Policy Approach

              Alan Hunter, English Heritage


12.20    Adding Value through Design Guidance?

             Michael Crilley ,Studio UrbanArea LLP / Teeside University


13:00 – 14:00           Lunch


14:00     Constructive Conservation

              Catherine Dewar,  English Heritage


14:25     A focus on Quality Places through Neighbourhood Plans

              Amanda Campbell, Watson Burton


15:05    The Role of Design Review

             John Devlin, John Devlin Consulting Ltd.

15:45    Chair’s conclusions

16:00     Close


Benefits of attending:

The day will:

  • Introduce and recap on the principles of urban design and conservation, as advocated in the NPPF
  • Provide new perspectives on design and conservation policy approaches
  • Highlight the role of design and conservation in neighborhood planning
  • Showcase recent schemes and present lessons learnt.
  • Explain the role and value of design review. 

For more information and to reserve a place complete this booking form and return it to

  • Booking form

  • n.b all sections of the booking form must be completed.

The RTPI NE would like to thank Watson Burton for their support of this event.

Watson Burton 2


They have kindly agreed to act as hosts for this event and to aid your travel arrangements directions and a map can be found here.